SHILLONG, April 17: The president of the United Democratic Party (UDP) Donkupar Roy has expressed the party’s keenness for an alliance with the saffron brigade and other like-minded regional parties even as he has admitted that noting concrete has been arrived at in this regard till date.
Citing similarities between the agendas of the UDP and the BJP which includes bringing in development and fighting corruption, the UDP Chief said, “ We are open for an alliance with BJP as there are similarities in issues that the UDP and the BJP share – both are against corruption and fights for development”.
“We have been open for an alliance since last year, however nothing concrete has been arrived upon through talks till date,” he added.
It may be recalled that UDP had openly extended its support to the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance last year after the BJP was voted to power in Assam.
Justifying the party’s stand on the issue, Roy said that common agenda is a must for having an alliance and the UDP is up for it be it NEDA or other regional party’s provided they share similar agendas.
Meanwhile, UDP working president Jemino Mawthoh said that the NEDA has to articulate the common concern and be in sync with the aspiration of the people the provisions of the Constitution of India.
The UDP also announced ‘anti-corruption and development’ as the main agenda of UDP in the upcoming 2018 Assembly.